UPDATE: Officer Involved Death Investigation in Oconto County

May 20 2020

OCONTO COUNTY, Wis.– The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer involved death (OID) in the area of Suring, Wis. that occurred shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2020.


The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence following reports that a subject with felony warrants was at the residence. After receiving consent to search the residence, law enforcement found the subject in possession of a firearm. During the incident officers deployed deadly force with their firearms, striking the subject. The subject, Jacob W. Bubb of Suring, Wis. (age 26) succumbed to the injuries at the scene.


Two deputies discharged their firearms:

  • Oconto County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Christensen, more than three years at the sheriff’s office; and,
  • Oconto County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ben Schindel, more than four years at the sheriff’s office.


No law enforcement personnel or other individuals were injured during the incident.


The involved law enforcement personnel from the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office have been placed on administrative duty, per department policy.


DCI is leading this investigation and is assisted by the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory and Wisconsin State Patrol. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.


DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Oconto County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.


No additional details are currently available.


Please direct all media inquiries regarding this incident to DOJ.